by Isak Fritz – DA Northern Cape Spokesperson of Health
Date: 24 August 2017
Type: Press Statement
The DA is disturbed to learn that the Northern Cape Health Department is allowing hospitals to become the choice dumping ground for ANC cadres.
It has become blatantly obvious that cleaning, administrative and even managerial hospital posts are being set aside for ANC volunteers only. This has become so blatant that certain health facilities, such as the Kakamas Hospital, are starting to resemble an ANC branch instead of a health facility.
Two weeks ago, four ANC volunteers were allegedly deployed to the Kakamas Hospital after the Hospital CEO, Eddie du Plessis, met with ANC councillors to get names of cadres in waiting. These names were then given through to the District Office for the pending appointments, without interviews having been scheduled.
In the meantime, cleaners, who had been volunteering for the hospital and working without compensation for six months, were not even considered for the posts and have since been replaced by the “new” volunteers, who are in line for permanent employment. Complaints regarding the work of the new volunteers are streaming in but these are ignored.
This is not the first time such irregularities have occurred.
Last year, interviews for eight cleaner positions at Kakamas were cancelled after Hospersa intervened because only ANC volunteers were invited to the interviews.
The position of administrative clerk was also filled under suspicious circumstances and saw a young man parachuted ahead of three administrative clerks who have been working for free for over a year.
At the same time, the post for a nursing manager has been vacant for over a year, simply because the ANC has not been able to find a cadre with the requisite skills to fill the position. This is despite there being a critical shortage of nursing staff at the facility, which is aggravated by the CEO “loaning” posts out to other towns.
On top of this, Kakamas Hospital has not had a functional hospital board for over a year in spite of nominations having been sent to MEC Lebogang Motlhaping. We can only surmise that this is because the ANC wants a purely green and gold hospital board as well.
It is unacceptable that a public hospital, meant to be serving the poor and most vulnerable people of society, is being abused by the ruling party in this way. It is clear that the ANC is desperate to secure permanent posts for ANC cadres ahead of the 2019 government elections because they know that there is a very real possibility that they will lose power.
The DA will continue to monitor the pending appointments and should they go through without the necessary processes having been followed, we will report this matter to the Public Protector.
We refuse to watch as the ANC plays politics with people’s lives. Hospitals are for sick people, they are not the playground of politicians.
DA Northern Cape Spokesperson of Health
083 395 2737
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387